Pulling buckets apart Problem: Five-gallon buckets are commonly used around the plant as storage containers.
Pulling buckets apart
Problem: Five-gallon buckets are commonly used around the plant as storage containers. When the buckets are stacked together waiting for use, they tend to stick together, and are often quite difficult to manually pull apart. Is there another option?
Solution: Pull on the handle of the top bucket while inserting the nozzle of an air compressor line just below the rim of the second bucket. Pneumatic pressure, along with a manual pull, easily separates the two.
Contributor: Chet White, Liebert Corp., Columbus, OH
Holding difficult nuts
Problem: Getting hold of a nut snuggled in a corner with a wrench or socket is often very difficult, if not impossible. Is there a way to get the screw or bolt out under this condition?
Solution: Keep the nut from turning while trying to remove the screw or bolt by placing the blade of a screwdriver between the nut and part of the frame. The wedge formed between the two flat surfaces keeps the nut from moving. The screw or bolt can then be removed.
Contributor: Bill Baltusavich, Project Engineer, Plainwell Tissue, Pittston, PA
Problem: Is there an easy way to free tight setscrews?
Solution: "Shock" the area of steel around the setscrew with a center punch. Simply make a couple of indentations around the setscrew with a hammer and punch. The tight screw usually comes right out.
Contributor: Dennis Huth, Agrifrozen Foods, Grandview, WA
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey